The 2007 Saturn Aura replaces the much-maligned L-Series as Saturn’s entrant into the crowded midsize family sedan segment. The Aura shows a noticeable upgrade with decent performance, European-style handling (thanks to the Saab 9-3 platform), good looks, and a cabin that gives off an upscale ambiance and contains a solid amount of features. The Green Line trim is a gas/electric hybrid and owns the distinction of being the first such car in GM’s lineup. All this makes the Aura a nice upgrade for Saturn in this segment. It may not be a class leader, but it provides a respectable and worthy option to consider.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6, 3.6-liter V-6, 2.4-liter four-cylinder hybrid
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, six-speed automatic with paddle shifters
Models: Saturn Aura XE, Saturn Aura XR, Saturn Aura Green Line
The Saturn Aura starts as a new model for 2007.
The 2007 Saturn Aura midsize sedan comes in three trim levels: XE, XR, and Green Line. The base XE comes with 17-inch wheels and the XR upgrades to 18-inch alloy wheels. The Green Line marks the hybrid version, and other than having 16-inch wheels its equipment level remains the same as that of the XE. A four-panel panoramic sunroof provides the only major standalone option for all trims.
The base XE starts off with a solid list of features, including air-conditioning, full power accessories, and a stereo with a CD player and auxiliary input jack. The XR serves as more of a luxury sedan and as such offers features such as a power driver’s seat, leather seating, a six-disc CD changer, heated front seats, remote vehicle start, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. Notable standalone options include power-adjustable pedals, two-tone ""Moroccan"" leather trim, and XM Satellite Radio. The Green Line looks similar to the XE in terms of cabin gear.
The Aura feels rather roomy and spacious. It features decent-quality material and even manages to give off an upscale feel. The cabin is serene and quiet thanks to acoustic glass. All in all, the 2007 Saturn Aura offers a nice interior for a car in this price range.
Performance & Handling
The base XE contains a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 224 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque and mates to a four-speed automatic transmission. The XR comes equipped with a 3.6-liter, DOHC V-6 that produces 252 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque sent through a six-speed automatic that can be shifted manually via paddles behind the steering wheel. The 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line uses a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine in conjunction with an electric motor. These two power sources combine to make 164 hp and 159 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic comes standard on the Green Line. The Aura isn’t one of the faster family sedans, but it seems respectable, and the XE and XR handle most traffic situations. The Green Line can be a bit slow, so plan ahead.
The Aura uses the Saab 9-3 platform and it shows. The Aura proves surprisingly capable with sharp, confident handling. The steering feels communicative and the Aura experiences minimal body roll. The ride remains quiet and smooth while still offering enough maneuvering to deal with traffic situations and offer a bit of driving fun for a family sedan. The Green Line seems somewhat disappointing since it can’t run entirely on electric power, offers minimal fuel economy for a hybrid, and could possibly lose a race to someone on a bicycle—a bad compromise all the way around.
Standard safety features for all models of the 2007 Saturn Aura include traction control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, the OnStar emergency communications system, front-seat side airbags, and full-length side-curtain airbags. Stability control comes standard on the XR and Green Line but remains unavailable on the XE. This Saturn earns five out of five stars on all but one of the tests performed by the NHTSA. The Aura receives four out of five stars for rollover resistance. All things considered, the Aura meets the true mark of a family sedan by offering a high level of protection for occupants.
EPA Fuel Economy
Saturn Aura XE: 18/28 mpg city/highway
Saturn Aura XR: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Saturn Aura Green Line: 24/32 mpg city/highway
- Refined powertrain
- Cabin space
- Cabin quality
- Hybrid option
You Won't Like
- No real manual transmission
- No coupe or wagon option
- Green Line performance (or lack thereof)
Nice-looking and likeable midsize family sedan.
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